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WEST ALLIS -- Murder charges have been filed after a missing pregnant woman from West Allis was found dead in South Dakota. Tess White's body was found on May 17th after she was reported missing by family on May 14th. Now, two people have been charged with killing her. One was White's friend.


Court records show White's friend confessed to torturing and killing White in a parking lot in West Allis in May.

"That`s a hole that just won`t be filled," Charlene Madosh, White's aunt said.

Madosh said Tuesday, June 28th there are still times when she cannot believe her 25-year-old niece is gone.

"It was an awful thing to accept and there are times I still accept that maybe they made a mistake in the identity," Madosh said.

Farmers found White's body in Grant County, South Dakota. It was found in a field, and had been burned.

Grant County, South Dakota

An autopsy revealed the victim was ten weeks pregnant.

Surveillance video from a bank robbery helped lead police to their suspects in this case.


Shanta Pearson

Shanta Pearson

Tipsters told police that 44-year-old Shanta Pearson can be seen in that video -- robbing a Milwaukee bank on May 6th. Five days later, on May 11th, Pearson was arrested in Colorado following a traffic stop. The driver, 35-year-old Tiffany Lynn Simmons was also arrested.

Tiffany Lynn Simmons

Tiffany Lynn Simmons

Meanwhile, West Allis police had a tip that White was having problems with a friend named Tiffany. That friend had allegedly used the victim's bank card to withdraw $200.

After Pearson and Simmons were brought back to Wisconsin, police interviewed them and both talked about White. They said White had been "pinching their dope bag," and when they picked up White on May 4th, she and Simmons got into a fight. Pearson said he pulled over and tied White up in the truck. He then went to his apartment, leaving the two women in a parking lot at 81st and National.

81st and National

81st and National

Simmons allegedly confessed to police that this is when she tortured White, "putting out cigarettes on her skin and punching her."

Tess White

Tess White

Simmons then allegedly suffocated White with plastic bags and strangled her with a rope.

White's aunt told FOX6 News she's just trying to focus on her niece's life -- not how she died.

"Tess gave that so freely and tenderly that it was something that I had to learn from," Madosh said.

Relative say they just buried White on Saturday, June 25th.

As you can imagine, they say this is quite an emotional time -- but they're relieved to know charges have been filed.

Pearson faces one count of felony murder as party to a crime, and one count of hiding a corpse as party to a crime.

Simmons faces one count of first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime, one count of hiding a corpse as party to a crime, and one count of kidnapping as party to a crime.


  • sparkles

    Just totally ruthless thugs out there today! So if she was stealing dope, does that justify a human life to be taken. That is just thug mentality. It just proves that people do not no how to communicate with each other and rectify problems by talking and working thins out. God Bless All Of Her Family And Friends And Also To Her Unborn Baby. May They Rest In Peace

    • Black Crimes Matter

      Shocker, a person calling another person a “perckerwood” finds it too hard to use the reply button. Also, commas and periods are apparently too hard to use as well, shocker!

  • Metal Maniac

    Dirty Stallis at its best. Keep it classy guys…

    A side note, what stupid criminals for real. It’s south Dakota I’m sure there are a million places to hide a dead body, why put it in someone’s field? Also getting pulled over in Colorado? If you are a criminal you need to obey the laws for real that’s just stupid.

    • Stupid is as Stupid Does

      UMMM…. criminals don’t follow laws, that’s what makes them criminals. Granted, they should try to keep their lawlessness to a minimum when in the commission of other crimes, but criminals also tend to be a little slow on the uptick… see, the true definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and get caught… if they don’t get caught then they’re just a politician….


    Looks like she picked the wrong friends, 99 years in jail for both of them.

  • Realist

    If you are saying all people with lengthy criminal records deserve to die, I might be OK with that. How many of ‘your people’ are teenagers with multiple armed robbery and carjacking offenses? I am sure society as a whole will be better off if we follow your advice.

    • queenie13

      She is native american not white..! She was a very fun loving caring person that’s didn’t deserve to be murdered.

  • Me

    I think the FBI may wish to speak with Miss Tiffany regarding her activities between that May 6th and May 11th, like the two bank robberies, one in Alexandria MN (May 9th) and the other in Laramie WY (May 11th).

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